Afghan Taliban announces new leadership
The Afghan Taliban have named Haibatullah Akhunzada their new leader, who is a former head of the group’s judiciary
The Afghan Taliban have named Haibatullah Akhunzada their new leader, a spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday that gave the group's first official confirmation that former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour had been killed in a U.S. drone strike.
Haibatullah is a former head of the Taliban's judiciary and was deputy to Mansour.
Sirajuddin Haqqani, head of a network blamed for many high-profile bombs attacks in Kabul in recent years, and Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, son of former leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, will serve as deputies, Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban's main spokesman, said in the statement.
The Taliban is the most powerful anti-government group in Afghanistan, where an estimated 11,000 civilians were killed or wounded and 5,500 government troops and police officers died last year alone.
It seized power in 1996 and ruled Afghanistan until it was toppled by a US-led invasion after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Iran denies killed Taliban leader was in the countryPakistan also protested the drone strike against Afghan Taliban’s Mullah Mansoor, saying the US did not inform PM Sharif Gulf
Afghan Taliban sources confirm death of leader‘I can say with good authority that Mullah Mansour is no more,’ a senior Taliban source told AFP World News
Why Pakistan is key to Afghan peaceThe drone that targeted Mansour also carried a message to the Taliban that it is no longer safe in Pakistan Middle East
Pakistan hosts meeting on reviving Afghan Taliban talksPakistan hosted a new four-nation meeting aimed at reviving peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents Gulf